PSALM 5, 06.03.20
This completes the week’s SERIES on the PSALMS STUDY/PRAYER.
PSALM 5 includes some elements additional to the previous ones. These concepts will be pulled out in the course of the STUDY GUIDE questions. Continued is the previous theme in terms of relationship focus, the need for protection, and the ongoing acknowledgement of the Father in King David’s life.
Introduced in this Psalm is an analogy of warfare in the flesh to spiritual warfare found in the New Testament. We see this clearly revealed by Paul’s reference to Ps.5:9, when he quotes, in Romans 3:13: “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips.”
This substantiates the analogy between the “Enemies” referred to in the Old Testament and the way in which the “Enemy” is referred to in the New Testament. What is important about making such a connection is that it enables and empowers believers to more succinctly apply those principles of warfare to the “Enemy of our souls” and move away from viewing individuals/humans as the “Enemy.”
Saul had people working for him, in pursuit of David, with the intent of killing him. So David, of course, viewed his “Enemies” in human terms. They were real, tangible forces and they were very much out to get him.
READ, STUDY, MEDITATE ON THE FOLLOWING, WITH A VIEW TO INTEGRATING THEM WITH THE ABOVE CONCEPT, (including the quoted passages from NT), ANTICIPATING THAT STUDY GUIDE WILL CALL FORTH A SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT APPLICATION:
5 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
2 Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
3 My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up.
4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness,
Nor shall evil dwell with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand in Your sight;
You hate all workers of iniquity.
6 You shall destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy;
In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies;
Make Your way straight before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth;
Their inward part is destruction;
Their throat is an open tomb;
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Pronounce them guilty, O God!
Let them fall by their own counsels;
Cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions,
For they have rebelled against You.
11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name
Be joyful in You.
12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.